Toyota Highlander vs Nissan Pathfinder

    By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    81%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    85%

    Really Good

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    100%

    Would Buy Again

    1 Ratings

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    Would Buy Again

    - Ratings


    What’s better about the Highlander?

    Safety advantage. The Highlander has several advantages going it in the safety department: it’s rated a Top Safety Pick by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (the Pathfinder doesn’t have such a rating) AND all trims of the Highlander come standard with lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist.

    Hybrid availability. The Highlander is one of the only crossovers in its class to offer an optional hybrid powertrain. So for those buyers looking for a green side in their three-row crossover, the Toyota has something the Nissan can’t offer.

    Better reliability. Consumer Reports rates the Highlander’s reliability at 5/5 whereas the Pathfinder only gets a 3/5 rating. This can be a crucial factor when choosing a vehicle, especially if you plan on owning one for a long time and need to count on its reliability.


    What’s better about the Pathfinder?

    More cargo space. Whether it’s behind the second row of seats (with the third row folded) or behind the third row of seats, the Pathfinder beats the Highlander for cargo space.

    More third-row space. If it’s important to you to have useful space in the third row of seats for passengers, consider that the Pathfinder has three inches of extra legroom over the Highlander.

    More towing capability. The Pathfinder is rated to tow 6,000 pounds, a 1,000-pound advantage over the Highlander. Consider this if your driveway also holds a boat, RV or similarly large trailer.


    Autolist’s take:

    We’d have no qualms recommending the Pathfinder here, especially if third-row space is important to buyers. But with better safety, reliability and the potential to add a hybrid powertrain, the Highlander is the more appealing of the two overall. So we say Buy the Highlander.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,651
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    $1,579
    15k miles at $2.421/gal
    Fuel Economy

    19 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    20 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    26 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    27 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Standard
    Autonomous Braking
    Standard
    Autonomous Braking
    -
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Lane-Keep Assist
    -
    Lane-Keep Assist
    -
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Standard
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    -
    Leather
    -
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    -
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Heated Seats
    Standard
    Keyless Entry
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Technology

    -
    Apple Carplay
    -
    Apple Carplay
    -
    Android Auto
    -
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    -
    Navigation System
    Standard
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Toyota Highlander

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    Powertrain

    8-Speed Automatic w/Sequential Shift Mode
    Transmission
    CVT
    Transmission
    AWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    295 HP @ 6600 RPM
    Horsepower
    284 HP @ 6400 RPM
    Horsepower
    263lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
    Torque
    259lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
    Torque
    V6
    Cylinders
    V6
    Cylinders